The Redskins have added a tight end to their draft list, taking Jeremy Sprinkle out of Arkansas in the fifth round.
Sprinkle, 6-5, 252, had a solid senior season for the Razorbacks but it did not end well. He had 33 receptions for 380 yards and four touchdowns in 2016. He helped Arkansas make the Belk Bowl. However, after getting a gift card to the sponsoring department store a few days before the game, Sprinkle took more merchandise than the $450 card would pay for and he was cited for shoplifting. That got him suspended for the bowl game.
“It was a big disappointment for everybody around me,” said Sprinkle when asked about the incident on a conference call with reporters. “I’ve done everything I need to do [to resolve the legal issues] and I’m just trying to move past it.
There are players with worse offenses on teams’ draft boards and this one is just dumb and not violent. However, it does bring the player’s judgement into questions.
Scouts think that he can add some weight onto his frame and become a textbook blocking tight end, something that Jay Gruden said the team is looking for. Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis are productive pass catchers but they could use a blocking tight end and that could a role for Sprinkle to grow in to.